During the summer months the dam gates are opened for 30 minutes, 4 times a day at 10am, midday, 2pm and 4pm and crowds gather at the riverside observation platforms to watch the dry gorge transform into a thundering waterfall. The rapids are the biggest in the country with up to 90,000 liters hurtling into the gorge per second and taking a jet boating or kayaking trip is the most adrenaline–fueled way to get a close-up view.
To further explore the area, a 2-hour walking trail runs from the dramatic Huka Falls all the way to the Aratiatia dam, where you can enjoy spectacular vistas along the river and rapids from the many viewing platforms en route.
Tours & Tickets
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 3 days